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Substantive Typed Letter Signed, on printed personalized stationery, 4to, May 26, 1930
- Referring to both "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris," Gershwin writes to Leslie Rogers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in part, "I will try to locate the extra symphonic parts you ask for in connection with the 'Rhapsody in Blue'. As they are the only ones I have please send them back to me after you have finished using them. I believe Harms is arranging with Mr. Fiedler for a suitable fee for 'An American in Paris'." Overall sunning and traces of mounting on reverse. The "H" in the name Harms had been corrected by the typist in such a way as to show the erased area where the new typed letter was added. Gershwin signed boldly, "George Gershwin." A substantive though brief letter. Gershwin composed "Rhapsody in Blue," in 1924, and it premiered on February 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, conducted by Paul Whiteman, who commissioned the music, with Gershwin playing the piano. Gershwin refers to his music publisher, John Harms and his publishing company. "Rhapsody in Blue" proved to be a difficult piece to play for the piano player who was not Gershwin himself. Between its debut in 1924 and 1940, that is after Gershwin's early death, Harms brought out variations of the much loved "Rhapsody." In 1940, Warner Bros. Music ,which succeeded Harms' music company, published a version of the complex music for single piano that is considered both simpler and easier to play. Gershwin wrote "An American in Paris" in 1928, and it debuted in Carnegie Hall on December 13, 1928. The reference to Mr. Fiedler is most likely to Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979) best known as the long time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra beginning in 1930 until his death. Fiedler and the Boston Pops recorded "An American in Paris" in 1935. In the year of our letter, Fiedler began his long career with the Boston Pops. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Schulson Autographs, Ltd.]
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